Remember that excited feeling you got when you discovered somewhere new for the first time? Discover fifty first time experiences in York....and if you've visited before, some new ideas for your next trip! We look forward to welcoming you in 2014!
Every hour on the hour, the duty chaplain in black hat and cloak climbs into a pulpit in the vast nave of York Minster, taps the microphone and conducts a short prayer of thanksgiving that echoes round the mighty church. When he's finished the organist resumes his practise and clergy, lay people and visitors continue on their way. It's a small reminder that as well as a tourist attraction with a million visitors a year, York Minster is also a place of worship, a church that was dedicated to St Peter nearly 1500 years ago.
Shoppping in York is an irresistible part of any visit to this vibrant city. If you are looking for a unique gift idea, want to treat the kids or even spoil yourself rotten, look no further. Find out here as Jill Turton shares her tips on York?s finest independent boutiques, vintage stores and popular high street retailers.
Singular treats await in this historic city, from Roman remains to Norse sagas, via chocolate, beer and trains
As part of its publicity branding the National Railway Museum boasts that it's the biggest railway museum in the world. They sell themselves short; it must surely be the biggest and the best. Of course, Britain has an unparalleled heritage in its railways but York has collared the cream, a staggering collection from the quaintest 'Puffing Billy' loco to a Japanese Bullet train, from opulent Royal carriages (I want one, now) to the 'muck trucks' that dug out the Channel Tunnel.
Once people only wrote about Bettys, the stylish tearoom in St Helen's Square that served up dainty sandwiches and Fat Rascals in surroundings that recalled a 1920s luxury liner. Bettys is still there, still decked out like the Queen Mary and still York's favourite tearoom, but York is now as global as its visitors from a top notch Italian Le Langhe, Korean Oshibi, Polish Barbakan, South Indian Coconut Lagoon and everything in between.